Israel Closes Major Nablus Checkpoint

NABLUS, February 28, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Saturday closed the major Huwwara checkpoint, located at the southern entrance of Nablus, in both directions for hours, causing major delays for hundreds of Palestinian commuters, according to an official.

Member of the executive committee of the Palestinian Liberation organization (PLO) Taysir Khaled, who was present at the scene, described  this Israeli army’s behavior as ‘sadistic’.

He added that such behavior is not witnessed anywhere else in the world and that Israeli forces practice the ugliest kind of sadistic against the Palestinian people, while expressing delight in torturing and humiliating another nation.

He said that these Israeli practices cannot be tolerated and that they foreshadow a future blow to the situation if continued.

B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian Territories, said in a report, “Israel’s restrictions on Palestinians’ freedom of movement in the West Bank are enforced by a system of fixed checkpoints, surprise flying checkpoints, physical obstructions, roads on which Palestinians are forbidden to travel, and gates along the Separation Barrier. The restrictions enable Israel to control Palestinian movement throughout the West Bank as suits its interests, in a sweeping breach of Palestinians’ rights.”

It said that, “Prolonged checks and searches at some of the checkpoints, humiliating treatment by soldiers, and long lines deter Palestinian drivers from using some of the roads still open to their use. As a result, Palestinian movement on some of the main roads in the West Bank has decreased, and these roads are used almost exclusively by settlers.”

B’Tselem said that in February 2014 there were 99 fixed checkpoints in the West Bank: 59 are internal checkpoints, located well within the West Bank.